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Hits & Beyond
     

The Hits & Beyond

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by Dannii Minogue
 

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Dannii Minogue has had an enduring but inconsistent career. She has released just four full-length studio albums since 1990, on three different labels. She has never quite managed to achieve the momentum to become a major player in the way her older sister Kylie has, her big hits coming in fits and starts, and never translating into major album

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Dannii Minogue has had an enduring but inconsistent career. She has released just four full-length studio albums since 1990, on three different labels. She has never quite managed to achieve the momentum to become a major player in the way her older sister Kylie has, her big hits coming in fits and starts, and never translating into major album sales. That said, she has enjoyed a number of successful singles, and this greatest-hits collection is a timely reminder of her best work. Sporting 15 hit singles, all but one of which were Top 20 hits in the U.K., it's a convincing argument for Minogue as a viable club artist. The very earliest hits, "$ucce$$" and "Love & Kisses," sound rather dated now, but from the time Steve "Silk" Hurley remixed "Baby Love" into Dannii's first bona fide floor-filler, she audibly finds her groove. Her second and least successful album, Get into You, is represented here only by her cover of Melba Moore's disco classic "This Is It," which is a shame, as the overlooked "This Is the Way" is one of her best early flirtations with house music. After a few years in the wilderness, Girl saw a move into full-on trance music, and the sexually charged "All I Wanna Do" is one of her definitive hits. "Disremembrance" is the only non-Top 20 single here; it stalled just outside as the third single from Girl, but its inclusion is essential, as it's probably the finest thing she's ever recorded. The radio edit doesn't quite have the impact of the astounding eight-minute orchestral mix, which can be found on the deluxe edition of the Girl album, but it's still a beautiful should-have-been classic. Another career hiatus later and the singles from Neon Nights see Dannii finally hitting a commercial peak. "Who Do You Love Now?" and "I Begin to Wonder" were worldwide smashes, and deservedly so. A brace of singles from what was to be a fifth studio album, which was ultimately canceled in favor of this hits collection, is sadly more of a mixed bag. "You Won't Forget About Me" is wonderful: an assured, string-drenched career high that should have been another huge hit. Perhaps its failure caused a failure of nerve in Dannii's camp, as follow-up single "Perfection" is a painfully generic attempt at recapturing former glories; sampling something as overdone as "Turn the Beat Around" and placing an uninspired, hackneyed vocal over the top is frankly beneath someone of Minogue's calibre. It sounds like it would better suit an act like Cascada or Kelly Llorenna. "So Under Pressure" is a little better, and goes down as one of Minogue's more inventive moments, but it isn't particularly instant, and was her smallest hit in quite some time. A further five tracks from the recording sessions for the unreleased fifth album are included to augment the 15 singles. They're all enjoyable, but none stand up with her essential work. This is by no means a definitive representation of Dannii's best work. Five less successful early singles are missed, for example, and a lot of her best songs are album tracks on Girl and Neon Nights. However, those looking for an introduction to the younger Minogue would do well to start here.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/05/2006
Label:
Central Station
UPC:
9316797985842
catalogNumber:
5363

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Performance Credits

Dannii Minogue   Primary Artist
Rob Davis   Guitar,Keyboards
Julian Gingell   Keyboards
Barry Stone   Keyboards
Lee Monteverde   Keyboards
Terry Ronald   Background Vocals
Therese Grankvist   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Dannii Minogue   Composer,Liner Notes
Vincent Bell   Producer
Phil Bodger   Producer,Remixing
Dancin' Danny D   Producer,Remixing
Rob Davis   Programming,Producer
Bruce Forest   Producer,Remixing
Julian Gingell   Programming,Producer
Steve "Silk" Hurley   Producer,Remixing
Tim Lever   Producer
Narada Michael Walden   Composer
Alvin Moody   Producer
Stone   Producer,Remixing
Barry Stone   Programming,Producer
Andy Whitmore   Producer
Mike Percy   Producer
B.E. Smith   Composer
Lee Monteverde   Producer
Brian Higgins   Composer,Producer
Ian Masterson   Composer,Producer,Vocal Producer
James Khari   Composer
Terry Ronald   Composer,Vocal Producer
Karen Ann Poole   Composer
Phil Kelsey   Producer,Remixing
Jewels & Stone   Composer
Nathan Smith   Memorabilia,Compilation Assistant
Camille Troillard   Composer
Per Stappe   Composer
Matthieu Joly   Composer
Henrik Korpi   Composer
Victoria Horn   Composer
Steph Mazzacani   Executive Producer
Lee Adams   Producer
Roger Olsson   Composer
Emma Freilich   Producer
Matt Gray   Composer,Producer
S. McLennan   Composer
Klas V. Wahl   Composer
Therese Grankvist   Composer
George Nakas   Composer
Andy Jeannin   Producer
Jake Schultz   Composer
Forty4s   Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
Savan Kotecha   Composer
Mathias Johansson   Composer

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The Hits & Beyond 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Joyachiever More than 1 year ago
 I first heard of Danni Minogue back around the 2003/2004 timeframe when I happened to be stationed in southern California through the U.S. navy. I had seen the music video for “I Begin To Wonder” by Danni Minogue from one of the Yahoo music videos.  I then became curious to eventually get one of Danni Minogue’s cds after seeing the music video for “You Won’t Forget About Me.”  I decided to purchase “Hits & Beyond” by Danni Minogue in July 2007 (this was by the time I was living on the Mayport Naval base near Atlantic Beach, Florida). This “Hits & Beyond”  collection contains a strong variance of 19 songs that showcase Danni Minogue’s voice and the emotion of love through many of these songs.  “All I Wanna Do” happens to be one out of the multiple quality songs where Danni Minogue’s imaginative and idealized spirit comes through.  This collection of “Hits & Beyond” by Danni Minogue contains 19 songs and is great to get for those who like 90’s/early 2000’s style dance/pop.